Women Making History- African American Fashion Designers

In light of March being Women's History Month, we wanted to highlight these designers that have been making a huge impact in fashion! 

Korto Momolu, inspired by her African roots, is stamping her global brand on fashion forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics such as skins & mixed prints, and even home accessories. Her accomplishments and opportunities include designing for Miss Universe (Leila Lopes) and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and creating an accessory line for Dillard’s!


Kimberly Goldson is a Brooklyn, NY native who was destined to create a legacy within this industry. Living in Brooklyn inspired her whimsical nature of her design aesthetic. Her designs cater to pretty much anyone from high schoolers- inspiring young minds, the corporate professional type, and the artsy creative type- who uses fashion as a form of expression.

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Laura Smalls often references being strongly influenced by Film Noir of the 30's and 40's. She created a buzz when Michelle Obama wore one of her designs at the Democratic National Convention in 2013. Her collections have been carried by Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel and I. Magnin, just to name a few.

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Dumebi A. Iyamah is popularly recognized for her eccentric and unique take on swimwear, using vibrant colors and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures. She also specializes in ready-to-wear and custom made special event dresses. Strongly influenced by the brand’s African heritage, a blend of retro and various cultures inspired the colors and themes of the first official swimwear collection which launched in 2013.